Activities in Lithuania
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Rome of the North - Lithuania's capital Vilnius
In 2009, the country's capital was named the European Capital of Culture, but the city has been the centre of the region for centuries. Vilnius is Lithuania's largest and oldest city, and its heritage is evident in the cityscape. Western and Southern European Gothic, Renaissance and vernacular Baroque buildings in the Old Town tell a rich story. The medieval alleys have therefore been protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1994!
Vilnius is called the "Rome of the North" because one church follows the next. The baroque towers dominate the cityscape and give it a touch of an Italian metropolis. Vilnius Cathedral was built in the 13th century, is the oldest church in the country and well worth a visit!
If you think Vilnius is all old walls, you are far wrong. The city is growing incredibly fast. The centre of business and politics is the "modern Vilnius" north of the Neris. Here you will find a lot of innovative start-ups, modern architecture and colourful hustle and bustle.
Top sights of Vilnius:
- cathedral square: explore several highlights in one visit. This is where the Neris and Vilnia rivers cross, which used to be an important trade route. There is also a statue of Grand Duke Gediminas, who founded the city in the 14th century.
- grand princely castle Vilnius: The magnificent fortress was extended with every ruler and is today a contemporary witness of the events in historical Lithuania.
- Gediminas Tower: grandiose observation tower dating from 1320. According to legend, the foundation stone for the city of Vilnius was laid here.